Heard on The Judges (embedded question)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 7 18:56:53 UTC 2008


"Why would they [your neighbors] say that you had had a fight with
your boyfriend?"

Latin-African-American [Sanchez] female native-BE-speaker defendant:

"I don't know _why would they say that I had had a fight with my boyfriend_."

I know that this is not a heretofore-unknown phenomenon. It's just
that this example struck me as a bit extreme.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
 -Sam'l Clemens

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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